Seminar: “Ecologically-driven evolution: insights from the salmonid immune and oxygen delivery systems”

Visiting post-doctoral researcher, Melissa Evans (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada) will be giving an informal brown bag seminar titled:

“Ecologically-driven evolution: insights from the salmonid immune and oxygen delivery systems”

Location: Fish 203
Date: Monday March 11th
Time: 12:30 pm

All are welcome to attend.

Contact Peter Westley at ( if you would like to arrange a time to meet with Melissa.

Melissa’s Research background
Broadly speaking, Melissa is an evolutionary ecologist interested in the mechanisms animals use to respond to environmental variation. Her research is currently exploring physiological, behavioural, and genomic variation in salmon populations, and links between these traits and the evolutionary trajectories of populations and species. In April 2012 Melissa began a post-doc in Ian Fleming’s lab at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she is exploring the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of Atlantic salmon at sea. Prior to this Melissa was an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Louis Bernatchez’s lab (Univ. Laval), where she examined the role of physiological trait divergence in the ongoing speciation of European and lake whitefish. She completed my PhD degree in 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Bryan Neff (Univ. Western Ontario) and Dr. Daniel Heath (Univ. Windsor). Her PhD research focused on parasite-driven natural selection and the intersection between natural and sexual selection pressures in populations of Chinook salmon in British Columbia.

Representative propaganda
M.L. Evans, M. Dionne, K.M. Miller, and L. Bernatchez (2012) Mate choice for MHC genetic divergence as a bet-hedging strategy in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 279:379-386.

M.L. Evans, and L. Bernatchez (2012) Oxidative phosphorylation gene transcription in whitefish species pairs reveals patterns of parallel and non-parallel physiological divergence. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25:1823-1834

M.L. Evans, B.D. Neff, and D.D. Heath (2010) Quantitative genetic and translocation experiments reveal genotype-by-environment effects on juvenile life-history traits in two populations of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23:687-698.

M.L. Evans, and B.D. Neff (2009) MHC heterozygote advantage and widespread bacterial infections in populations of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Molecular Ecology 18:4716-4729